• a large carpeted foyer with several lounge chairs

Meetings & Social Events

Since 1908, our Castle on the Coast has long been the city’s social centrepiece from royal visits and black-tie galas to elaborate meetings and large conventions. Although the gatherings of today may look a bit different than they did in the years past, our team is ready and excited to welcome you and your guests.





18,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space.
Space for Up to 1,200 Attendees

carpeted foyer with blue couches

Our Venues

With an extensive range of function rooms, from the traditional-flirts-with-contemporary of our updated meeting spaces to the turn-of-the-century glamour of our reception and ballrooms, Fairmont Empress is as flexible and accommodating as it is prestigious.

Crystal Ballroom

Adorned with crystal chandeliers and steeped in more than a century of history, the multi-functional and versatile Crystal Ballroom is ideal for large meetings, conferences, receptions, formal black-tie galas, celebrations and weddings alike.
450 GuestsBanquet Menus4,560 Sq. Ft.

The Palm Court

Adjacent to the Crystal Ballroom, The Palm Court provides a welcoming pre-function space with Italian marble flooring and a striking stain-glass dome ceiling.
200 GuestsBanquet Menus2,156 Sq. Ft.

The Library

Stately and cultured, the 1900s-era Library Room channels a baronial castle. Gather family and friends, or your executive team to host a special event or meeting in this truly extraordinary and historic room.
40 GuestsBanquet Menus784 Sq. Ft.

The Bengal Room

A local landmark, this is the site of the former legendary Bengal Lounge. Airy and bright, this soaring space is illuminated by a wall of windows on both sides and offers a perfect back-drop for any special celebration.
110 GuestsBanquet Menus3,000 Sq. Ft.

Shaughnessy Ballroom & Garden Terrace

Regal and dramatic, the Shaughnessy Ballroom with a private outside entrance and garden terrace is unrivaled for glitzy events, receptions and parties.
300 GuestsBanquet Menus3,542 Sq. Ft.


Understated and serene, the quiet elegance of the Rattenbury lets your agenda take the front seat. Named after The Empress’s architect, Francis Rattenbury, and true to its namesake, the space is tastefully designed and versatile.
280 GuestsBanquet Menus3,256 Sq. Ft.

James Boardroom

Whether you're having a high-powered corporate meeting, small group breakout or need an office space during your conference, the James Boardroom is the perfect setting.
20 GuestsBanquet Menus576 Sq. Ft.

Small Meeting Rooms

Whether you're planning a high-powered strategy session, small group breakouts or you are in need of an office space during your conference, our smaller meeting rooms offer the perfect setting.
10 GuestsBanquet Menus420 Sq. Ft.
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Plan With Us

Fairmont Empress’ accomplished and highly-skilled team of meeting and culinary experts will guide every step of the planning through personalized service, delivering seamless gatherings for up to 1,200 guests.

buffet with self-serve vegetables and meat

Event Menus

Discover our unique menu that includes traditionally plated options, buffets as well as chef attended stations, all while ensuring your guests will be looked after with the highest degree of care and comfort.